Do Male Cats Go Into Heat? Here’s What You Need to Know

As an AI language model, I am incapable of having personal experience. However, I have been programmed with a vast amount of knowledge about all kinds of topics, including the reproductive behavior of cats. In this blog post, we will explore one common question: do male cats go into heat?


Cats are beloved animals that have been domesticated for thousands of years. Their behaviors can range from playful and affectionate to aloof and independent. One aspect of their behavior that is often misunderstood is their reproductive cycle.

Female vs Male Reproductive Cycle:

Female cats are known to go into heat or estrus regularly during breeding season which typically occurs between January and September in the Northern Hemisphere (1). During this time, females release pheromones which attract male cats for mating purposes.

However, it is commonly believed that only female cats go into heat since they are the ones who reproduce by carrying kittens inside them for nine weeks before giving birth.

Male Cats in Heat:

Contrary to popular belief, male cats do experience something similar to going into heat – although it’s not as obvious as in females. This process involves an increase in testosterone levels leading up to mating season when males become more active sexually due to increased hormone activity (2).

During this period called “rut,” males begin seeking out females actively looking for mates while also marking territory through spraying urine around areas they claim as theirs.

Signs your Cat may be in Heat:

In general terms, you cannot tell if a male cat is experiencing ‘heat’ just by observing him like you do with a female cat because he does not exhibit visible signs such as vaginal discharge or intense vocalization.

However, some behavioral changes might suggest otherwise such as increased aggression or restlessness caused by hormonal surges due to an increase in testosterone production during mating season(3).


The misconception that only female cats go into heat should now be put aside after understanding how males also display hormonal changes. During mating season, male cats experience a process called ‘rut,’ where their testosterone levels increase, leading to an increased sex drive and territorial behavior.

Although it may not be as obvious as in females, there are subtle signs of heat in males that could indicate the onset of breeding season. As with any pet-related queries or concerns, it is always advisable to seek advice from a veterinarian or animal expert to ensure your cat’s health and well-being are always prioritized.